livin Sedgefield (including Mordon) Local Offer 2012-15
with the community at heart
Sedgefield (including Mordon) Equality and Diversity livin aims to ensure that Equality and Diversity lies at the heart of our business and allows our customers to access high quality services tailored to their individual diverse needs. It is our policy to provide access to services and employment equality to all, irrespective of age, race or ethnic origin, gender, marital or family status, religious or philosophical belief or political opinion, disability, nationality or sexual orientation. As part of our commitment we, and our working partners, aim to treat everyone as equal citizens and recognise, support and value the diversity of the communities in which they live. Contact Us Communities Team livin, Farrell House, Arlington Way DurhamGate, Spennymoor, Co. Durham, DL16 6NL 0800 587 4538 (free from a landline) or 0300 111 2234 (low rate call from a mobile phone depending on your network) firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to your Local Offer Local offers are the standards set by you, our tenants, that we will use and monitor from April 2011. livinâ€™s previous local offer has been completed and now pledges that in each community we will deliver the local offers or actions detailed in this document. Delivery of the local offers will be monitored by livin tenants. The local offers are based on what we have learnt from your community through producing 19 community plans in 2011 and 2012. The local offers have taken the previous actions from the community plans, remaining promises from transfer and your views to create a new set of standards and actions in your area. livin wants to provide, safe and attractive communities that people want to live and work in. The main Community Plan is still available on www.livin.co.uk and forms the basis of our knowledge about Sedgefield (including Mordon). The intelligence used in this Local Offer comes from a number of different data sources, including the 2001 Census, Experian Mosaic Public Sector Profiles * (locally based information) and from comprehensive consultation with local residents, groups and partner organisations.
* This information groups together and classifies households with similar behaviours, characteristics and lifestyles.
Your community Sedgefield and Mordon has a population of 4,943 and the average house price is £165,051. The average weekly income is £540 which is £130 higher than the North East average.
Services and facilities Residents living in Sedgefield have good access to health services and a good selection of shops and community facilities. Residents living in Mordon must travel to use these services and facilities.
livin is the main registered housing provider for the area and owns 210 properties, consisting of one to three bedroom bungalows, two to four bedroom houses and a three bedroom flat. livin’s sheltered housing scheme at Thurlow Grange contains 30 bedsits and one bedroom flats. 62% of livin’s properties within the community are bungalows and 22% are two to four bedroom family homes.
There is good access to nursery, primary and secondary education within Sedgefield. Residents say that access to activities and facilities for young people within the community is poor.
The community has an unbalanced housing market with 82.6% of households owning their own home; this being substantially higher than the Durham County average of 66.6%. Only 10.9% of households live in social housing (including livin properties), this is significantly lower than the County Durham average of 25.4%. There is also a lower than average percentage of households in the community living in privately rented properties (3.6%) when compared to the rest of the County (5%). 27% of households living in the community consist of single persons, and 58.2% are couples or families. The community is served by Sedgefield Town Council and is part of the East Durham Rural Area Action Partnership.
Average house price:
Mosaic profile intelligence indicates that the majority of households within the community are likely to access information and services through direct face to face contact, or through indirect contact via local newspapers. Crime and antisocial behaviour
Your local Beat Team have stated that the majority of issues reported from this community are in respect of youth ASB and damage to vehicles. During 2011/2012, livin received no complaints of nuisance or antisocial behaviour in the community. Mosaic profile intelligence highlights that the majority of households living within the community will have an average to high perception or fear of becoming a victim of crime or antisocial behaviour. Household groups living in livin’s properties are expected to have an average fear of becoming a victim of crime and antisocial behaviour within their local area.
Average weekly income:
livin | with the community at heart
Employment The number of residents in employment or actively seeking employment is significantly higher than the County Durham average. In May 2012 there was a higher percentage of residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance for up to six months when compared to the rest of County Durham. The majority of persons claiming Jobseekers Allowance during June 2012 were aged 16 to 49 years. Community cohesion Generally residents like living in the community and say that there is a good sense of community spirit within Sedgefield and Mordon. Health The general level of â€˜good healthâ€™ in the community is higher when compared to the Durham County average. Incidents of coronary heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (long term damage to the lungs) are lower within the community when compared to the rest of County Durham, In November 2010, 10.7% of residents were claiming an out of work benefit.
The majority of claimants were claiming Incapacity Benefit as a result of disability or illness. This is similar when compared to the rest of County Durham. Education 22.6% of residents have no formal qualifications. 30.4% of residents from the community are educated to degree level, this is significantly higher than the County Durham average.
Your community issues Affordable homes Activities and facilities for young persons
Your community priority rating livin has been able to rate Sedgefield and Mordon based on the issues that are important in your community. The areas needing the highest priority have been rated as BRONZE.
we will support and maintain throughout 2012-2015
we will plan actions to address the issues and monitor throughout 2012-2015
we will take actions throughout 2012-2013
Priority Rating 2011 - 2012
Priority Rating 2012 â€“ 2013
Buying a house
livin housing lets
Demand for livin housing
Average household income
Qualifications (5 GCSEâ€™s Grade C & Above)
Community environmental survey
Average repair costs per property Long term unemployment (6 - 12 months)
Overall community rating
Your community priority rating explained This rating has indicated a need to improve the availability of affordable homes within the community and explore the increasing cost of repair to our homes. Although the rating is GOLD there is also a need to help reduce unemployment for residents, specifically those aged 16 to 49 years. livin must work in partnership to find ways to improve and support local services and activities for children and young persons in the community that has been identified during consultation. livin | with the community at heart livin | with the community at heart
Buying a house In general, the cost of buying a home in Sedgefield or Mordon is unaffordable for most households. Therefore this has been rated Bronze.
However short term unemployment of up to six months is higher than both County and National averages. We have identified that people aged 16 to 49 are finding it particularly difficult to find jobs.
Many residents will require extra help and support to access affordable housing in the community.
livin is committed to supporting these age groups into work and will actively promote training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities through the livin Futures Partnership and by working in partnership with local community groups, agencies and local businesses.
Residents have told livin that there is a need for more affordable homes for young families to rent or buy within the community. By the end of 2014 livin aims to build a number of two bedroomed bungalows in Sedgefield to help meet the rising demand for affordable homes. livin housing lets and demand Sedgefield and Mordon has a low level of tenancy turnover meaning there is a low amount of people moving out of livin homes. Therefore we have given this issue a Gold priority and will continue to encourage and support livin tenants to stay in their homes. We are encouraged that we have good demand for livin properties in Sedgefield and Mordon and have therefore given a Silver rating to this. Education and training opportunities The percentage of residents with five GCSE grades (Grades C and above) is slightly higher than the County Durham average. We have therefore given a Gold rating to this.
livin is keen to help residents increase household income and will provide a dedicated Smart Money service within the community that can help provide information and sign posting about money and debt management. Services and facilities Residents say that there is a lack of activities and facilities for young persons within the community. Iivin is committed to developing and supporting the provision of activities and facilities for young persons. To encourage good levels of participation, and ensure regular attendance it is important that activities are developed in conjunction with young persons from the community. We aim to do this by working closely with local schools, colleges and partner agencies to understand what activities young persons want in their community.
livin is keen to help maintain educational opportunities for its tenants and local residents and aim to do this by working closely with local schools, colleges and community groups.
Local environment Residents say that the community is a pleasant place to live. Public open spaces within the community are well maintained, and generally free from litter and dog faeces.
Unemployment and financial wellbeing Long term unemployment of six month or more within the community is lower than the County Durham average. As a result this indicator has been rated as Gold.
livin will continue to ensure that it conducts regular assessments of the conditions of its estates and will work in partnership to improve any areas of concern.
What livin has done in your community so far :
• • •
Created a patio area behind the church near Wykes Close Grassed area at the front of Wykes Close and put up planters on the wall Revamped area at the bottom Chestnut Road/The Lane by paving, landscaping and putting a seated area.
Local Offers Sedgefield and Mordon
Local Offers livinâ€™s Community Coordinator will identify livin tenants and refer them for employment training sessions. livin will organise two Jobs Fairs in early summer and late Autumn 2013 to provide support to residents seeking to secure employment with transport to them if required. livin will work in partnership with Job Centre Plus and local employers to provide both work experience placements for residents and Employability Training around CV preparation, completing application forms, interview techniques and job search training. livin will publish its Environmental Assessment Annual Programme detailing the frequency and month(s) of inspection. livin will work in partnership with the Sedgefield Town Council to support the provision of facilities for young people. livin will improve fencing and boundary walls around Thurlow Road and Naylor Road. livin will build 18 new affordable properties in Sedgefield by the end of 2015.
Full details of the methodology used for these ratings can be found in livinâ€™s Community Plan for Sedgefield and Mordon. To view or request a full copy of livinâ€™s Community Plan for Sedgefield and Mordon please visit www.livin.co.uk or contact us on 0800 587 4538 (free from a landline) or 0300 111 2234 (cheap rate from mobiles depending on your network).
Published on Jun 17, 2013